Althea BMW has unveiled its new S1000RR challenger for the 2016 World Superbike championship alongside its already announced refreshed rider line-up of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.
The Italian squad officially pulled the wraps off its new bike at a launch ceremony at the Moto dei Miti Museum in Rome, next door to the team's racing department, after confirming its switch from Ducati to BMW machinery this winter.
Althea BMW also announced FIAMM as its official sponsor for a second consecutive season with its logo emblazoned on the new striking black and white livery. The team will also run Raffaele Da Rosa in the FIM World Superstock 1000 championship.
Althea BMW team manager Genesio Bevilacqua is confident his technical squad has produced a bike capable of challenging at the sharp end of the grid right from the off at the 2016 curtain raiser at Phillip Island on the 26-28 February.
“I'm so pleased to be able to pair the Althea brand with that of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, as together they form a new reference for BMW for the coming seasons,” Bevilacqua said. “We know that the task ahead is a significant one and are aware that the competition we will be facing on track will be stiff and well prepared. The precious support of BMW combined with our experience, which has seen us frontrunners in recent seasons of the factory-derived championship, will surely allow us to be competitive right from the first race.
“We of course expect to need a little time in which to get the measure of the situation and collate the necessary references, but the riders, technicians and engineers that our team brings to the track are capable of being major players and crave the successes that team Althea has enjoyed during its long and glorious history.”